This street located 15 minutes on foot from Kaminari-mon Gate in Asakusa is packed with all manner of kitchen gadgets both for professional and amateur chefs. The 800m-long arcade has about 170 stores that sell tableware, pots, confectionary making machines, food materials and all. You will definitely come across a favorite for your long-term use. Check out plastic food samples that look amazingly real to stimulate your appetite.
The origin of the street name goes back to an old practice that raincoats (kappa) were once hung over the bridge (bashi) to dry out. There is also a legend that a merchant had a prosperous business after catching glimpses of a legendary creature 'kappa' in the river. You will find a number of kappa statues along this street.
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5.02 months ago
Great foodie street experience. Some shops are not selling stock direct, it's showcase items for bulk restaurant purchase. Others are happy to sell individual items. The plastic food makers seem happy you talk and will sell pieces to tourists.
It's a short walk to some good food and the temple.
4.03 weeks ago
It's a great place to shop if you are into cooking and kitchenware. Most shops here accept credit cards and are tax free. There is even a tax rebate centre right smacked in the middle where you can walk in to get your taxes sorted. Many boutique shops so take your time to walk around. I don't think prices are cheap but I'm no expert so review them at your expense! I find it amusing they have green frog symbols in random corners.
5.02 months ago
Wow, wow, wow! What a street! I was in heaven. Could spend hours here!!! Each shop focus on just one thing - lacquer, bamboo, knives, paper ware, furniture, even a shop selling Chinese things. Prepare to be there for several hours! Some shops are wholesale only - 10 plus pieces... and cash only.
5.0a month ago
New year holidays so a few shops are closed, but the remaining ones will give you ample choice. If there is a kitchen tool you are lookung for then this is THE place to find it. Japanese knives in abundance but do take the time to compare the various shops. That goes for most things. Also beware that a lot of the bowls etc are not made in Japan. Some antique shops too.
4.02 weeks ago
If you are a cooking foodie or in the market for a fine Japanese knife (or two or three), or want unusual or unique serving and dishes, or need plastic display food, Kappabashi is the place to go. Significant walk from subway, but worth it. Even a chopstick store - gotta visit.